Analyzing Literary Terms Within Stories

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Analyzing Literary Terms Within Stories

Many authors use their own type of writing skills to make their stories flow nicely and to keep the reader entertained. There are so many different literary terms out there that help a story to flow so much better. Some of the things I like to see while reading a story are similes, metaphors and imagery. I like to see these certain styles of writing, because you can compare just about any two things and make the story that much more interesting. When an author utilizes those specific styles of writing, it can give excellent detail to create images inside the reader’s heads while they read. I consider myself a visual reader, and when the text is dull or boring, it is like the words are going in one ear, and out of the other. So, I particularly enjoyed Alice Walkers “The Welcome Table”, because of the authors vivid use of words and comparisons that helped me to envision what I am reading as if it were a movie in my mind.
In Alice Walkers “The Welcome Table” she uses a great number of literary terms. The terms that were used engaged me in the story and helped to keep me interested while reading about the elderly woman in the story. The way she described certain things kept me wanting to read more. The author uses such great comparisons to describe how the old lady looks, and walks. One literary term that the author utilized is imagery. Imagery is “a distinct representation of something that can be experienced and understood through the senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste), or the representation of an idea” (Clugston, R.W, 2014). For example the author uses imagery when saying, “On her face centuries were folded in the circles around one eye, while around the other, etched and mapped as if for print, ages more threatened to live.” (Walker, 1970). This quote from the stories tells us how her face was aged and…...

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